The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion Of The Christ
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMel Gibson
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onThe Passion in the New Testament of the Bible and The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyCaleb Deschanel
Edited by
Distributed byIcon Productions
Release date
  • February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25)
Running time
127 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$622.3 million[3]

The Passion of the Christ [4] is a 2004 American biblical drama film produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It also draws on pious accounts such as the Friday of Sorrows along with other devotional writings, such as the reputed Marian apparitions attributed to Anne Catherine Emmerich.[5][6][7][8]

The film primarily covers the final 12 hours before Jesus' death, consisting of the Passion, hence the title of the film. It begins with the Agony in the Garden in the Garden of Olives (or Gethsemane), the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, the brutal Scourging at the Pillar, the suffering of Mary as prophesied by Simeon, the crucifixion and death of Christ, and ends with a brief depiction of his resurrection. However, the film also has flashbacks to particular moments in Christ's life, some of which are biblically based, such as The Last Supper and The Sermon on the Mount, and others that are artistic license, such as when Mary comforts Jesus and the scene where Jesus is crafting a table.

It was, for the most part, shot in Italy.[9] The dialogue is entirely in Hebrew, Latin, and reconstructed Aramaic.

In The Passion: Photography from the Movie "The Passion of the Christ", director Mel Gibson says, "This is a movie about Love, Hope, Faith and forgiveness. Jesus died for all mankind, suffered for all of us. It's time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more Love, Faith, Hope and forgiveness."

External links

  1. "The Passion of the Christ (18)". British Board of Film Classification. February 18, 2004. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. "The Passion of the Christ (2004): summary". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  3. "The Passion of the Christ (2004): theatrical performance". The Numbers. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  4. Noonan, Peggy (December 17, 2003). "'It is as it was': Mel Gibson's The Passion gets a thumbs-up from the pope". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  5. Father John O'Malley A Movie, a Mystic, a Spiritual Tradition America, March 15, 2004 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. Jesus and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ by Kathleen E. Corley, Robert Leslie Webb. 2004. ISBN 0-8264-7781-X. pages 160–161.
  7. Mel Gibson's Passion and philosophy by Jorge J. E. Gracia. 2004. ISBN 0-8126-9571-2. page 145.
  8. Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia edited by Philip C. Dimare. 2011. ISBN 1-59884-296-X. page 909.
  9. "The Passion of the Christ". Movie-Locations